Meal Planning: Back to School

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Here we go, folks. School starts for us this week. Cover me! It’s gonna be one wild ride.

As such, I know that I need to have a few things in place:

  1. a meal plan
  2. ready to go snacks and meal components
  3. some freezer meals and other easy-to-fix meals
  4. lunches packed the night before (even though we homeschool)
  5. a serve-yourself breakfast plan


The Breakfast Plan is a new idea that I came up with recently when I realized how busy my days will be. Since my older kids are 14, 10, and 9, they can very easily prepare much of their own breakfasts. My plan is to prep a continental type breakfast that everyone, even the littles, can, more or less, prep themselves.

I’m going to make sure we have enough of these for a delicious and nutritious continental breakfast:

  • hard boiled eggs
  • quick breads and muffins
  • fresh fruit
  • juice
  • smoothie fixings
  • cheese sticks
  • granola
  • yogurt

Saving the hot breakfasts for the weekends will free up a lot of time during the week, so that we can get a good start on our school days.


I know from experience that packing our lunches, even when we spend most days at home, helps our school day go so much more smoothly. I’m going to stick to simple lunch fixings:

  • Turkey or sunbutter sandwiches
  • Cheese and crackers
  • Pasta salad
  • Fresh fruit
  • Vegetable dippers


Simple and easy is best for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. I prepped a bunch of things for the freezer that can go on the grill or in the crockpot. I’m hoping that with a meal plan, our afternoons will be fairly hassle-free. We have our weekly produce box to keep us supplied on lots of fresh fruits and vegetables.

  • Beef stew in the crockpot
  • Hamburgers
  • Chili
  • Grilled fish or chicken
  • Pizza night
  • Pasta with red sauce
  • Take-out

What’s your plan for easy meals this week?

About Jessica Fisher

I believe you can get great meals on the table -- and still keep that pretty smile on your face.

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  1. Suzanne says

    I love that you called your breakfast idea “continental breakfast”. I did this over the summer but didn’t have a great name for it. LOVE THAT idea. Good luck to you this school year!!!

  2. LizAnderson says

    I’m fond of baked oatmeal, taco soup or a lasagna in the CrockPot — so easy, so good. Heck, anything in the CrockPot is a winner in my book!

    Oh yea — and I can eat cold, leftover spaghetti for breakfast any day of the week, but your mileage may vary.

  3. I love the continental breakfast idea. I have been trying to think up some “new” breakfast ideas.

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